The Cincinnati Reds (36-59, 5th NL Central) took two of three games against the Atlanta Braves (33-63, 5th NL East)this week and now look to do the same or better against the Arizona Diamondbacks this weekend.
Dan Straily (4-6, 4.07 ERA) will lead the Reds and will be going up against Archie Bradley (3-5, 4.37 ERA). In Sunday’s win over the Nats, Straily allowed three hits over seven innings. As for the D-backs, they have won their last five games in The Great American Ballpark.
The Cincinnati Reds (32-57, 5th NL Central) are coming off a tough road trip where they won only three out of nine games and are currently riding a three game losing streak courtesy of the Florida Marlins who won 7-3 Sunday night at Marlins Park. It was the first time the Marlins have swept the Reds since 2003.
“I’m happy,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “I’ll just make sure our guys don’t think we’re satisfied. We’re in a good spot. We’re still six back. That’s the way we look at it. We just gotta keep going.”
DiSclafani goes eight innings
The Cincinnati Reds (29-47, 5th NL Central) were in need of some great pitching after the San Diego Padres got off 23 hits in the preceding three games leading into last nights game four. Enter Anthony DiSclafani who went a full eight innings, only the second Reds pitcher to do so this season and the first shutout win for the Reds this season. DiScalafani worked the mound to perfection and no Padre made it to second base as he allowed only five hits (singles) and pitched five strikes with one hit batter thrown in for good measure.
“Definitely glad I was able to go eight innings, and I’ll take the zeroes on top of it,” DeSclafani said. “You don’t have that too often. I’ve had good games, bad games. This was a good game. Especially on a hot Sunday, it’s great to get a win and get on out of here.”
Well, now the hard work begins as the Cards take on the top team from the NL Central, the Chicago Cubs (48-26, 1st NL Central) for a three game series that wraps up on the 29th. Starting for the Reds will be Dan Straily (4-4 3.83 ERA) who will go up against Jake Arrieta ( 11-2, 1.74 ERA)